German soldiers K98 bayonet it is missing its wooden handles but still a cracking relic with nice condition blade.The bayonet is in relic but solid condition pitted but not braking up at all and still retains its famous shape it has cleaned up very well perfect for display or for any collection.The bayonet was recovered near the village of Rochefort attacked by the Panzer Lehr division on the 23rd December 1944 so this is how we know this bayonet was used by a soldier of the Panzer Lehr division a very nice relic from the Ardennes Forest campaign during the battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945.
During the run up to the offensive, Panzer Lehr was kept in reserve on 15 December, the day before the offensive began, Panzer Lehr was still severely understrength, with only one of its two tank battalions ready for action, the other restored to its parent unit, the 3rd panzer division. Both of its panzergrenadier regiments were at 80 percent of its authorized strength. It had only 57 tanks (30 Panthers and 27 Panzer IV) and 20 Jagdpanzer IV/70's by the time the attack jumped off.
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